Somerset at War with Andrew Powell-Thomas


Military History

Residential course

Two Day Course

Andrew Powell-Thomas

16 February 2023 to 17 February 2023

£127 Non-residential week fee (additional travel supplement £30)

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This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week.

Famous for its rolling countryside, Somerset is a county full of natural beauty. From its glorious beaches and jagged coastline to its hills and vast open spaces, you could be forgiven for thinking of Somerset as merely a rural county.

But it has so much more to offer! From the historic castles and abbeys that are dotted across the region, to informative museums and bustling towns that were once industrial centres, Somerset has a remarkable history that includes a prominent involvement during the armed conflicts of recent times. Discover the history of Somerset.

Somerset At War (Thursday 16th & Friday am 17th February 2023)
Memorials of Somerset:
A poignant look at how Somerset remembered its fallen in the aftermath of the Great War. Understanding the process of remembrance at the time, and the range of different village memorials that exist.

Somerset in World War Two:
Exploring the wide ranging, and often surprising, role of Somerset in the Second World War. From evacuees to factories; airfields to prisoner of war camps, and defences to bombing raids.

The West Country’s Last Line of Defence – Taunton Stop Line:
An in-depth look at the role and locations of the Second World War Taunton Stop Line. This was a 50-mile defensive ‘wall’ built across Somerset, Dorset and Devon in 1940, to repel a potential invasion.

A Visit to the Taunton Stop Line (Friday Morning):
An opportunity to explore part of this relic from the Second World War. A morning visit to Donyatt Halt to see the defences. Depart Dillington 9:30, arrive 10:00. Leave 12:00, arrive back at Dillington 12:30 for lunch.

Thursday to Friday Lunch – Non-resident fee £127. (additional travel supplement £30). 

Tutor information

Andrew Powell-Thomas is a Somerset based author who writes children’s fiction, military history and local heritage books. He is the editor of Over the Top, the children’s magazine associated with the Great War Group; has done Television work for the Yesterday Channel and appeared a number of times on radio. Further details about Andrew and his books can be found on his website or on his social media channels.

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